The Iceman looks tired — but he's 5,300 years old

The newest reconstruction of Otzi the Iceman shows a prematurely old man with deep-set eyes, sunken cheeks, a furrowed face and ungroomed beard and hair.
The newest reconstruction of Otzi the Iceman shows a prematurely old man with deep-set eyes, sunken cheeks, a furrowed face and ungroomed beard and hair.Heike Engel-21Lux / Sudtiroler Archaologiemuseum / Nat. Geo. Deutschland
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Brown-eyed, bearded, furrow faced and tired: this is how Otzi the Iceman might have looked, according to the latest reconstruction based on 20 years of research and investigations.

Realized by two Dutch experts,  Alfons and Adrie Kennis, the model was produced with the latest in forensic mapping technology that uses three-dimensional images of the mummy's skull as well as infrared and tomographic images.

The new reconstruction shows a prematurely old man with deep-set eyes, sunken cheeks, a furrowed face and ungroomed beard and hair.

Although he looks tired, Otzi has vivid brown eyes. Indeed, recent research on the 5,300-year-old mummy has shown that the Stone Age man did not have blue eyes as previously thought.

Believed to have died around the age of 45, Otzi was about 5-foot, 3-inches tall and weighed 110 pounds.

The model will go on display on March 1 and be open until Jan. 15, 2012, at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.

Called "Otzi 20," the exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the mummy’s discovery. The Iceman’s frozen body was found in a melting glacier in the Otzal Alps — hence the Otzi name — on Sept. 19, 1991.